James Franco Suit

Didya know James Franco had a film school?  I was sure this was some joke, or perhaps a different James Franco – like that male Taylor Swift in Seattle who I believe works in a diner.  But, nope – the James Franco who looks dreamy and is devoid of expression in countless films also teaches…or does he?  Two of his former students accused him of sexual harassment, exploitation and coercion.  According to Mr. Webster, “coercion” means “the practice of persuading someone to do something by using force or threats”.  So that piqued my interest.  What did Jimmy get someone to do?  Details are not in this filing, so I went back to the original suit…’cause I live for research.  Franco allegedly “sought to create a pipeline of young women who were subjected to his personal and professional sexual exploitation in the name of education.”  I suppose that makes sense for film scenes in which nudity and sex are germane to the plot.  It’s not an argument that would work if he were teaching calculus…as if!  James and his two colleagues have agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle the lawsuit.  In addition to the financial settlement, the victims have asked for additional “non-economic relief”, but these additions are under a confidential seal.  It has been my experience that most seals have loose lips – especially when you throw them chum.

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